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Liminality in Management and Organization Studies: Process, Position and Place
BI Norwegian Business Sch, Norway.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2018 (English)In: International journal of management reviews (Print), ISSN 1460-8545, E-ISSN 1468-2370, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 880-902Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores liminality, a concept receiving increased attention in management and organization studies and gaining prominence because of its capacity to capture the interstitial and temporary elements of organizing and work. The authors present a systematic review of the literature on liminality, covering 61 published papers, and undertake a critical analysis of how the concept of liminality has been used in prior research. This review reveals associations with three main themes: process; position; and place. For each theme, the authors identify the central research questions posed, while comparing individual and collective levels of analysis. During this process, the authors revisit several ideas central to the original, anthropological research on liminality, a perspective from which they suggest a rejuvenation of liminality research in management and organization studies. This paper argues for a greater focus on the liminal experience itself - especially its ritual and temporal dimensions - and for improving the comparative analysis of liminality following the three themes identified in this paper. The authors suggest that revising the agenda for liminality research along these lines could facilitate more informed responses to the challenges of an increasingly temporary and dynamic work life.

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WILEY , 2018. Vol. 20, no 4, p. 880-902
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-152401DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12168ISI: 000446432900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-152401DiVA, id: diva2:1259608
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council

Available from: 2018-10-30 Created: 2018-10-30 Last updated: 2018-10-30

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